MHLS Coordinated Outreach services focus on supporting improved library services for persons who are educationally disadvantaged, members of ethnic or minority groups in need of special library services, unemployed, blind, physically disabled, have developmental or learning disabilities, or who are aged or confined in institutions.
New York State Outreach Categorical Aid funds, received from the NYS Library Division of Library Development, will be used to fund mini-grants of up to $2,000 per member library to develop programs and services to attract and connect to outreach target populations and form relevant community partnerships at the local level.
Last year’s MHLS Outreach Mini-Grant Program resulted in grants to twenty-four member libraries for programs such as:
- Optimistic Aging program to support senior engagement with life
- Expansion of homebound services
- Individualized, on-demand help for people who are seeking jobs
- Mobile library services for assistive living, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers
- Enhancement of programs for children/teens with developmental or learning disabilities
- Spanish and bilingual family story time programs
- Translation of programming materials
- Materials to support new users through a partnership with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Computer classes in Spanish through partnership with Ulster BOCES
- Assisted Listening System to improve communications between staff and patrons with hearing loss
Applications are due August 11. Applications, Mini-Grant Information and Requirements are available at https://tinyurl.com/MHLSOutreach-2017